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Old 03-05-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Question Welding a Catback system, Pros / Cons???

I will be getting a Borla Atak catback system soon. I am seriously considering having it welded. Are there any major pros / cons that anyone can think of?

One major con could be that it might make working on it a bit more difficult if the exhaust has to be removed or resold.

Live on a gravel road so welding it might also help keep things from "shaking loose" over time...

I plan on keeping the car / exhaust long term.

I figured that I would just ask this question BEFORE I actually pull the trigger, just in case I was missing something.

I would love to hear some opinions. Thank you in advance.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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I wouldn't bud, this way if shit happens you can remove it to either fix/upgrade or even sell it if something comes up. I did it and regretted every time. Had to cut it all up and won't fit right later. Just my .2 bud
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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FWIW,
I tacked all my joints on my 3" Kooks system, as the clamps just didn't seem to hold it tight enough for my liking. I actually broke a clamp trying to get it to clamp down tight enough. I have since removed my entire system more times than I can count. I had the car up on four jackstands anyway for the needed work. It takes a small amount of finagling, but nothing too hard. In fact, if I ever had to separate the system, I could always take a grinder to the tack welds.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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No real pros or cons. Just personal preference. I always weld the exhaust system on my personal vehicles just because it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Old 03-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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I will be getting a Borla Atak catback system soon. I am seriously considering having it welded. Are there any major pros / cons that anyone can think of?

One major con could be that it might make working on it a bit more difficult if the exhaust has to be removed or resold.

Live on a gravel road so welding it might also help keep things from "shaking loose" over time...

I plan on keeping the car / exhaust long term.

I figured that I would just ask this question BEFORE I actually pull the trigger, just in case I was missing something.

I would love to hear some opinions. Thank you in advance.
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I tacked all my joints on my 3" Kooks system, as the clamps just didn't seem to hold it tight enough for my liking. I actually broke a clamp trying to get it to clamp down tight enough. I have since removed my entire system more times than I can count. I had the car up on four jackstands anyway for the needed work. It takes a small amount of finagling, but nothing too hard. In fact, if I ever had to separate the system, I could always take a grinder to the tack welds.
This.

I tack welded my axleback after it was installed to my liking. No issues whatsoever.
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If you never plan on changing your exhaust system or adding headers down the road it won't hurt. But having to chop something off is always a pain especially if you needed to resell or re-install it. Most catbacks sold for the Camaro come with very nice clamps that do a great job. Tack welding isn't a bad option either for an extra peice of mind.
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Yea clamp it down and have someone tack weld it w a tig welder if its stainless
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my clamps hold just fine. i wouldnt take a welder to it
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my clamps hold just fine. i wouldnt take a welder to it
Agreed just go back and retighten after 100 miles and check at 300 miles after that u should be golden
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i would only do a small tack weld on each piece. wont move and easy to take off
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:11 AM   #11
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there would not be any real exhaust leakage if a person does not weld it?

I might just use the clamps now for simplicity.
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Some of my exhaust is welded some of it is has clamps. I now will have to adjust my exhaust/retighten (on the clamped parts) for the 5 or 6th time since putting it on. I agree with some of the above for tack welding it. at a minimum you will know that it moved if your welds are broken. Otherwise just make sure its as high up as it can go with out touching the underside of the body on your car. Especially because of living down a gravel road, it doesn't sound good when the exhaust bottoms out.
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my exhaust has not moved at all. i have corsa . i would recommend buying a quility exhaust and you wont have to worry about it.( i am not saying anyones exhaust is not good quality, i am simply saying corsa gives has no problems staying tight without welding.)
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:39 PM   #14
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As long as you go through and re-tighten everything about 100 miles after install, nothing should move on you. We always tell our customers to stop back by after a week or so, so we can inspect that everything is how it should be and make sure everything is tight. Welding is not a bad idea either though.

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No real pros or cons. Just personal preference. I always weld the exhaust system on my personal vehicles just because it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #16
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I'll probably do my own install and might just skip the welds ... Can always get it tacked later if I have issues. I have a gen 4 ss and not really any issues bottoming out. Typically 10 - 15 mph max on gravel w gen 4. Will be slower w gen 5
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